Scope and Content

Papers of F. S. Whittingham, 1789-1984 (accumulated [1906]-1984), comprising accounts and other papers relating to Hafod and Pant farms, 1890-1977; papers relating to the Trevor Roper family of Plas Teg, 1841-1974, as well as books, 1807-1847; deeds and other papers relating to Bryn Iorcyn, 1789-[c. 1890]; sale particulars and catalogues relating to the Hope and Caergwrle area, 1863-1982 (mainly 1915-1982); personal papers of F. S. Whittingham including diaries, 1906-1964, wartime papers, 1914-1919, 1939-1950, and books, 1892-1936; Whittingham family papers, 1878-1984, including deeds, 1878-1941, financial records, 1879-1938, probate records, 1880-1929, and photographs, [c. 1890]-[1930s]; papers relating to Flintshire County Council, 1909-1974; papers relating to farming in Flintshire and Wales, 1923-1977; records relating to Hope parish and parish council, 1850-1974; photographs, [late 19th century]-[1920s], relating to Treuddyn parish and school; St Asaph parish magazines, 1914-1926; and miscellaneous material relating to Hope, Caergwrle and elsewhere, 1906-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Smart Whittingham (1895-1984) was born at Hafod Farm, Pontblyddyn, Flintshire, and farmed there for 50 years, taking over the tenancy from his father, William Whittingham, in 1928. He leased Pant farm, Caergwrle, which, like Hafod Farm, belonged to the Plas Teg estate, of the Trevor Roper family. In 1917, he joined the 3rd Reserve Hussars, later transferring to the Tank Corps. During the Second World War, he became an agricultural haulage contractor, and was a member of the War Agricultural District Committee for the Hope and Buckley area. He was a member of the National Farmers Union, becoming Caergwrle NFU chairman and president, and representing Flintshire NFU on the Welsh Regional Committee of the Wool Marketing Board. He was a Flintshire County Council councillor, 1958-1974, and was active on many committees. He was churchwarden at Hope parish church, and governor of Castell Alun High School. He retired to Bryn Iorcyn, Hope, in 1964, and died in 1984. He amassed a collection of papers relating to his farms and properties and his other activities.


Arranged by deposit into the following: Group One, estate/family; farming; parish and parish council; and miscellaneous; Group Two, estate/family; parish; and miscellaneous; Group Three, estate/family; parish; and miscellaneous; and Group Four, estate/family; and miscellaneous.

Access Information

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Miss R. Whittingham, 1989-1992.


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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Whittingham MSS.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. Updated by Steven Davies, Flintshire Record Office. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Whittingham MSS.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Usual copyright restrictions apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The papers presumably passed to his daughter, Miss R. Whittingham, JP, of Bryn Iorcyn Manor, Caergwrle.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names